May 30, 1964, The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with Love Me Do, the group’s fourth US No.1 in five months. (via thisdayinmusic.com)
The three B’s:
I’ve said it before – all roads lead back to the Beatles. Which lead back to their producer, George Martin. Which lead back to Bach, because basically George Martin, as an arranger and orchestrator, gave the Beatles a classical mindset. He knew the hell out of Barouqe music, of which Bach is the father. The book on my music stand is Twilight of the Gods by Wilfrid Mellers, a musicologist who analyzes the Beatles’ songs as if they were classical compositions.
I’m sure John and Paul weren’t thinking about any of this stuff when they wrote the songs, but it’s interesting to see how they did everything right in musical language. Probably George Martin helped quite a bit with that.
Which leads back to Brevis ( that’s me).
Manny Albam (arranger and my teacher) said to me, “Brevis, if you learn Bach and the Beatles you’ll have learned it all.”